Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review ~ TINSEL MY HEART by Christi Barth

Becca Huntley's produced the Lyndale Park Players' over-the-top Christmas show for ten years. It's a beloved Minneapolis tradition, and the theater's main fundraiser. But this year's production is in danger of being canceled when their director disappears into rehab. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.
Jack Whittaker wiped this town off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler's promise to direct the show. Even though it means working with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.
It'll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack's heart toward Becca's favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They'll both discover that Christmas is about making each other's dreams come true. But will it require sacrificing their chance at a happily-ever-after together?

Becca Huntley, Jack Whittaker and Tyler Petersen were all best friends in high school.  In fact, they were like the Three Musketeers, one for all and all for one.  But Jack was different from Becca and Tyler.  Jack was the poor kid of the school janitor and the other kids never let him forget it.  When he finally graduated from high school, he couldn't wait to leave Minneapolis and swore he would never return.
Fast forward ten years and not only is he returning to the Twin Cities, he's there to direct a Christmas play being produced by Becca.  A play that Tyler was supposed to direct until he decided at the last minute to check into rehab.  Did I mention that Jack has hated Christmas since he was a child?  Jack and Ty are business partners so Jack has no choice but to rearrange his schedule and the production schedule to fill in for Ty.
So far so good.  My problem with the book is Ty's parents.  I understand their first appearance in the book, but that should have been that.  Honestly, they probably shouldn't have even been in the book at all.  Jack and Becca are at a crossroads in their lives and are making discoveries about their high school days and the part Ty played in their lives.  This Christmas could be the Christmas that Becca and Jack are finally pointed in the right direction, free to follow their own dreams, and get everything they've ever dreamed of.
I'm a big fan of Christi Barth so it really pains me to say that I didn't like this book.  I found it to be enjoyable at times and other times truly frustrating. Tinsel My Heart is a friends to lovers/second chance romance story that could have been so much more.
Rating: 3
Release Date: December 5, 2013
Book Length: 125 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook

Tinsel My Heart can be purchased from Amazon or your favorite eRetailer.

It’s available as a stand alone book or as part of the All I’m Asking For Anthology.

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  1. Aw sorry to hear that. I've really enjoyed her books and have this one on my tbr. Hopefully it'll work a bit better for me.

    1. Please don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. It's just that the parents. I just wanted to push them into Lake Minnetonka and have them freeze to death. But Becca and Jack are great. You'll love him once you understand him.


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